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“What Country Friends Is This?”: Creating Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Onstage, A Director's Journey
Masters Theses 1911 - February 2014
  • Dawn Monique Williams, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Document Type
Open Access
Degree Program
Theater
Degree Type
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Year Degree Awarded
2011
Month Degree Awarded
September
Keywords
  • Shakespeare,
  • Theatre,
  • Drama,
  • Performance Studies,
  • Blues
Abstract

This written portion of my thesis is aimed at documenting how I, the director, as both interpretive and generative artist, took William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night from the page to the stage through ongoing collaboration with a team of artists including designers, a composer, and actors. My documentation includes the generation of my theatrical production concept and staging of Shakespeare’s play. In order to place my production of Twelfth Night in cultural, historical, and artistic contexts, I open my discussion to theoretical considerations and artistic practices, address my specific artistic decisions in the creation of this production, examine the particular problems encountered in the making of this work, and reconstruct the creative process itself.

First Advisor
Gilbert McCauley
Second Advisor
Gina Kaufmann
Citation Information
Dawn Monique Williams. "“What Country Friends Is This?”: Creating Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Onstage, A Director's Journey" (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dawnmoniquewilliams/1/